How can I reuse or recycle old tights/stockings?

TightsI used to wear skirts quite a lot so, given I live in the chilly north of England, I bulk bought tights (or stockings, but mostly tights) whenever I had a bargainacious opportunity. Still, with the help of nail varnish for emergency repairs, I managed to keep them going until they were grey, shapeless, snagged nylon sacks. Attractive imagery, I know.

Now those many, many sexy garments are taking up valuable space in my underwear drawer but I can’t bring myself to throw them away, no matter how unlikely it is that I’ll ever wear them again. I’m sure there are hundreds of things to do with them but am really at a loss to think exactly what. So, any suggestions?

Best Suggestions

  • Reuse – Practical: Use them as a supportive-but-gentle way to tie plants and flowers to supports – or similarly, to make hair ties that won’t snag or pull. Alternately, put the annoying ends of soap in the foot of a stocking and tie it around your outdoor tap for when your hands are muddy.
  • Reuse – Creative: Nylons can be used as filler or a filling liner for toys/draught excluders, and can also be used for crocheting/rag rug making in their own right. For an easy peasy dog toy, plait a few pairs together into a short but stretchy tug toy.
  • See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas

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156 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle old tights/stockings?”

  1. Emma says:


    My email is

    Please could we talk through email as it’s easier than scrolling down on here each time. I parcelled up the tights and just went to post office. As it is more than 2kg would have been £39!! I can’t afford that at the moment. Is it worth it? Let me know what you think .



  2. dave says:

    Hi, does anyone still have old tights they no longer need? Would be great for work as a filter.

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  5. 1) Cut the toes off (if pale colour) to reinforce from the inside fishnet tights which let your toes poke through.

    2) Cut them into horizontal bands to make excellent plant ties

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